Lt. Borgal on the Link Between Animal Cruelty and Community Violence [VIDEO]

As a reminder that April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month, today we’re sharing a video featuring Lt. Alan Borgal, director of the ARL’s Center for Animal Protection. Lt. Borgal emphasizes the link between cruelty to animals and family and community violence and encourages you to contact local authorities if you suspect animal cruelty or neglect. Remember YOU can give a voice to the victims of animal cruelty, if when you see something, you say something!

A very special thanks to GreatGrandPaws for producing the video for us!

You can give a voice to the victims of animal cruelty. Learn more at arlboston.org/take-action

Download our flyer on how to spot potential signs of animal cruelty.

 

7 Warning Signs of Potential Animal Cruelty

Subtle indications that may indicate an animal is at risk

During Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month this April, we want to help the public better understand the importance of reporting suspected animal cruelty to local authorities.

While most members of the public recognize that punching, kicking, burning, choking, or hitting an animal with an object are acts of animal cruelty, there are some more subtle signs to watch for that could indicate mistreatment, neglect, or abuse:

  1. Howling or barking for a sustained period of time or hearing an animal cry in pain with higher pitched, more persistent vocal sounds than usual
  2. Singed, matted, chronically or excessively dirty hair or fur
  3. Wounds, unusual scars, hair loss, frequent limping often on different legs, or signs of improper nutrition such as weight loss or prominent visible ribs
  4. Animals kept caged or tied with little room to move for long periods of time or without regular interaction with people
  5. Lack of protection from the weather or fece- or debris-strewn living areas for animals
  6. Collars, leashes, or halters so tight they visibly dig into the animal’s face or neck
  7. A large number of animals coming or going from a property

See Something, Say Something

If you know or suspect animal cruelty, report concerns to your local authorities.  Learn more about how you can give a voice to the victims of animal cruelty: arlboston.org/take-action

 

Today: Rabies & Microchip Clinic in Dedham

Microchip Your Pet!

It’s that time of year again, so please join us!

The ARL’s Dedham shelter will host their annual Rabies and Microchip Clinic on Saturday, April 5 from 10A.M.-2P.M.

Rabies vaccines are $10 each ($7 for seniors citizens)
Microchips are $15 each ($12 for senior citizens)
For everyone’s safety, all dogs must be on leash and cats in carriers.

For more information or if you have questions please call (781) 326-0729 or email dedham@arlboston.org.

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Happy Tail: Bruschi is Truly a Part of the Family

Update from Bruschi (Adopted 11/25/13)

Bruschi, his new fam,. staff and volunteers on the day he was adopted.

Bruschi, his new fam, staff ,and volunteers on the day he was adopted.

Happy Mutt Monday! Start your week off with a heartwarming update about a lovable dog named Bruschi.

When Bruschi came in to the Animal Rescue League in October of 2013, we knew he was special. This lovable big boy adored human attention and would do just about anything for a hug. He quickly became a staff and volunteer favorite and received that attention he so desperately craved!

It took a little over a month for Bruschi to find a home, but when he did, boy did he score big! He was adopted on November 25, 2013 by Lauren and Tom and had a heartfelt send-off. Since his adoption they’ve kept the ARL staff up-to-date with Bruschi’s daily life and progress.

Here’s their latest note:

“Hi ARL staff!

Bruschi is doing great – He’s truly a part of our family.  He is so happy the snow is melting finally, and he loves to play catch with tennis balls! He also loves to cuddle as you see [in the pictures]! He is so gentle and is a big baby. We love him and couldn’t be more grateful that we had the chance to adopt him! We will have to bring him in soon to visit!” - Lauren, Tom & Bruschi

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The family out in the snow.

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Bruschi is all smiles.

We currently have several very friendly Pit Bull-type dogs available for adoption at our Boston shelter. View them online or stop by during adoption hours, Tuesday – Thursdfay 1p.m.-7p.m. and Friday – Sunday 1p.m.-4p.m.).

 

Spay Waggin’ Adds Date for Dogs in Hyannis

April Spay Waggin’ Schedule is Now Available

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Due to popular demand, the Animal Rescue League’s Spay Waggin’ now has two scheduled dates in Hyannis - April 1 for cats and April 28 for dogs.

The mobile spay/neuter unit provides spay/neuter surgeries and other preventive healthcare for dog and cat parents in financial need on the South Shore and Cape Cod.

“Many people can not afford to spay/neuter their pets,” explained Cheryl T., shelter and community medicine program coordinator at the ARL.

“They love their pets and want to do what’s best for them, but need the kind of help provided by the Spay Waggin’ to keep them happy and healthy.”

Learn more about the Spay Waggin’

The April Spay Waggin’ schedule is now available online. Please call 1-877-590-SPAY(7729) or book online (cats only) and make an appointment for your pet today!

April Spay Waggin Schedule

To see the benefits of spay and neuter visit: arlboston.org/spay-neuter

 

Pets of the Week: Rio and Sid, Miss Luna and Pebbles

Pets Seeking Human Companions

All of the animals listed below are patiently waiting for loving human companions to call their own. Will you lend them a paw by sharing their information?

Rio & Sid
Rio and Sid are a bonded pair of 4-year-old neutered male ferrets looking for a home with room for two! They are very playful and entertaining to watch! When they’re not running around and playing, you’ll often find them napping together.

They’ve been at our Boston shelter for almost two months and it’s about time they found a fun family!

Read Rio & Sid’s Profile

If Rio and Sid sound like the pets for you, come meet them at our Boston shelter! Or, if you think they’d make the a great match for a friend, please spread the word.

03-28-14 Miss Luna

Miss Luna is a beautiful 6-year old kitty with a shy, but sweet disposition. She warms up to new people quickly, but would probably prefer a quiet home.

We do not know how she would do with other animals, but a slow introduction is best if bringing her home to other animals.

Her previous owner said that once she’s comfortable with you, she’s quite the snuggler.

Read Miss Luna’s profile

Miss Luna is eagerly waiting to meet you today, so come meet her at our Dedham shelter!

03-28-14 PebblesPebbles is one handsome, young bunny! This 7-month-old rabbit is friendly, curious, and likes to be petted. In his previous home Pebbles was used to spending time in and out of his cage, so he’s mostly litter box trained. He is a netherland dwarf mix and is probably going to stay on the smaller side that he is now.

Read Pebbles’ adoption profile

If Pebbles sounds like the bunny for you, visit him at the Brewster shelter!

 

Happy Tail: Harry Truman Passes Dog Training Boot Camp

Update on Harry Truman nka Jackson

photo7The 6 month mark is always an exciting time after any pet adoption. By this point a family has had the opportunity to get to know their new pet and they will have made some significant observations about their new buddy.

This is ARL alum Harry Truman, now known as Jackson to his new human companions. He was adopted in September 2013 and his family can’t praise him enough! Here’s what they had to say:

“We love him! He’s so smart, loving and absolutely perfect for us. He does well on and off leash, he passed a dog training boot camp we took him to with flying colors, he’s great with people and other dogs. We couldn’t have been luckier to have found him. We have more pictures of him in 6months than we do together after 2 years!

Jackson is doing great and loving his new home. He’s gotten very comfortable in the car, finally, and is obsessed with Kick Fetch toys, so we play often…and have to keep buying them because he chews them up. Fortunately, that’s the only thing he chews. He still has some separation anxiety when we bring him to day care once a week, but once he’s in the play room he runs around like crazy and forgets all about us.

Thanks again for helping us to take him home!”

To Jackson’s family thank you for choosing to adopt a shelter dog and for keeping us up-to-date on Jackson’s progress. We’re wishing you guys many more years of happiness!

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Invest in Animals This Tax Season

Donate on Line 32f of Your Massachusetts Tax Form!

If you need something to look forward to this tax season, consider this:

By donating on line 32f of your Massachusetts tax form, you are making a difference in the lives of animals in our state.

Your donation to the Massachusetts Homeless Animal Prevention and Care Fund will help the state’s most vulnerable animals: those who are homeless and those who are owned by families unable to afford to spay/neuter their pets.

Created by Chapter 193 of the Acts of 2012, the Homeless Animal Prevention and Care Fund will help animals by reducing the number of homeless cats and dogs and will provide training to animal control officers.

So, please invest in the responsible care of animals by giving on line 32f!

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All photos courtesy of Massachusetts Homeless Animal Prevention and Care Fund

 

Thank You Thursday: The Broadway Dog Spa Donates Grooming Services for Lynnfield Dogs

Thank You Broadway Dog Spa!

The six dogs that the ARL’s Rescue Team removed from the Lynnfield hoarding house a few weeks ago underwent a dramatic transformation thanks to The Broadway Dog Spa in South Boston. The ARL doesn’t have professional groomers on staff, so whenever we take in a dog with a dire need for grooming, we rely on support from local businesses to help the dog look his or her best.

From the moment we took in the Lynnfield dogs we knew that they needed to see a groomer as soon as possible! All of their coats were overgrown and some were caked in feces and urine. Not only was a good grooming important to the dogs getting adopted, it was important to their overall health and self esteem.

The Broadway Dog Spa generously agreed to donate their grooming services to help. Take a look through our before and after photos and you’ll see the dramatic transformation. They look like entirely different dogs!

Most importantly, the grooming seemed to change their dispositions. They were clearly happier after their grooming. The dog with the most obvious shift was Zorro. Initially, very timid, he would hide in the back of his kennel and cower. Immediately after his grooming it was as though a huge weight had been lifted off of him. His tail wouldn’t stop wagging and he would run to the front of his kennel, eager for attention.

Today’s Thank You Thursday is dedicated to Michelle at The Broadway Dog Spa for coming to the aid of these dogs and generously donating grooming services to the ARL. Thank you!

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Georgina Before-After

 

 

ARL Makes a Splash at Humane Lobby Day

President Mary Nee Spoke About Animal Cruelty Awareness & Prevention

Volunteer programs manager, Debby Vogel and ARl president, Mary Nee with Turtle at the State House.

Volunteer programs manager, Debby Vogel and ARL president, Mary Nee with Turtle .

Yesterday was Humane Lobby Day for animals and our staff, volunteers and our canine advocate, Turtle, hit the steps of the Massachusetts State House running!

This year’s Humane Lobby Day boasted record high attendance and we were proud to be able to help show legislators how deeply voters feel about animal welfare.

Our team of over 20 staff and volunteers made sure everyone at the event knew exactly who the Animal Rescue League of Boston is and what type of work we do in Massachusetts.

ARL president Mary Nee was one of the key speakers at the event. Her speech emphasized the importance of legislation that protects animals like Puppy Doe, and countless others, from cruelty and suffering.

Our canine advocate, Turtle, enjoyed the spotlight at Humane Lobby Day.  With her red “SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING” t-shirt, TURTLE, a former bait dog who was found barely clinging to life almost 4 years ago, shared our important message about animal cruelty awareness! If you see or suspect animal abuse, say something by calling your local authorities.

She mingled with everyone from ARL president Mary Nee, to animal welfare advocates to state representatives, including Rep. David Linsky of Natick, sharing her story with everyone she met.

We’d like to extend our thanks to our volunteers, without whom we would never have been able to get our message and legislative agenda out to all 160 representatives and 40 senators! The ARL has the best volunteers in the world and we are so grateful for all they do!

Group Photo

Group Photo!

Mary Speaking

ARL president, Mary Nee speaking at Humane Lobby Day.

Turtle & Table Cloth

Turtle in front of our table.

Turtle was the best canine advocate anyone could ask for!

Turtle was the best canine advocate anyone could ask for!

Volunteers ready to get to work!

Volunteers ready to get to work!

Some volunteers came all the way from Cape Cod!

Some volunteers came all the way from Cape Cod!

 

ARL president, Mary Nee with a volunteer.

ARL president, Mary Nee with a volunteer.